Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

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Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a 16.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a former section of Virginia State Rt. 17, now a multiuse trail open to bicycling, walking, running, horseback riding, and boating. The north trailhead is located at the intersection of Dominion Blvd and Old Rt 17 in Chesapeake, VA, and runs south 8.5 miles.

road biking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Flat and straight, rode 17 miles out and back from the parking area. Plenty shade in the unused roadway which is nice not to have to worry about traffic.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Too much traffic rolling by but nice other than that. It was a beautiful day.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nice day for a bike ride, but it took me most of the day to get comfortable with the bike.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Old two lane road with 4 gates, nice ride and not crowded during the week days.

road biking
Monday, September 30, 2013

This trail is not for those seeking excitement, it is for those seeking a beautiful (just feet from the Intercoastal the entire length), safe (no motorized vehicles) and long (for runners anyway). I don't like to run it because it frankly gets old. But this is my go-to for biking. I can just clock in 17 miles at decent speeds with never a worry about traffic. Lots of cyclists ride it, then offshoot to the state highway 17 then ride down into NC, and return.

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Walked the whole length of the trail, eventful and somewhat boring. peaceful and some of the pictures I took were nice.

hiking
Saturday, March 02, 2013

I been to the dismal swamp trail it's right down my naborhood

hiking
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Being a paved trail as part of old Hwy. 17 through part of Chesapeake, it is mostly straight, flat, and boring for walking/hiking. Cyclists and runners would benifit more using this trail. The quarter mile markers will give you a good idea of your speed. Sunny hot days in the Summer are just that - HOT!

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hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

road biking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

road biking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

road biking
Monday, March 07, 2016

trail running
Saturday, December 06, 2014

road biking
Saturday, December 06, 2014

road biking
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, June 06, 2013